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in the game
By Stephen Utz
Many coaches
and athletes
speak about
having a
commitment to
their teams and
teammates,
but few
actually back
up those statements with their actions.
That is not the case with IU Southeast
seniors Megan Murphy and Tia
Wineinger; both student athletes had
to overcome significant
obstacles to help
the IU Southeast
women’s
basketball
team start a
successful
season.
Two IU Southeast women’s basketball players beat injury and other struggles to lead the team
Injury prone
Last November, Wineinger tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in her right
knee during a game against Indiana
Wesleyan. She did not return for the
remainder of the 2010-11 season, but the
Grenadiers went on to set a school record
for wins and had a 16-game winning
streak, also a new school record.
She had suffered a similar injury in her
left knee during her senior year of
high school, so she knew all about
the rehabilitation process.
Wineinger, a native of
Dubois, Ind., had surgery
and began to rehab
the injury, and she
also had a decision
to make – did she
want to return and
finish out her eligibility?
“At first I didn’t really know because I
was almost done with school,” she said.
“But then I looked at it, and I realized
I never had a senior year of basketball.
That was something I always wanted to
do.”
Her teammates helped her by
providing support and encouragement.
“I knew Megan (Murphy)
and Ash (Ashmere
Woods) wanted
me to come
back,” she said.
Her surgery
involved
taking a
portion
of her
Bouncing back
T ia
Wineinger
Megan
Murphy
Photo by Stephen Utz